Feb 27, 2022 - Technology

Elon Musk says SpaceX’s Starlink satellites now active over Ukraine

On 13 August 2021, Brandenburg, Grünheide, Elon Musk, Tesla CEO, stands at a press event on the grounds of the Tesla Gigafactory.

Elon Musk in Brandenburg, Grünheide, Germany, last August. Photo: Patrick Pleul/dpa-Zentralbild/ZB Photo: Patrick Pleul/picture alliance via Getty Images

Elon Musk said Saturday SpaceX's Starlink satellites had been activated in Ukraine, with more terminals en route.

Driving the news: Ukrainian officials requested Musk's help in using his company's commercial internet network after the Russian military's unprovoked military invasion left parts of the country offline.

  • Ukrainian First Vice Prime Minister Mykhailo Fedorov tweeted to Musk Saturday, "while you try to colonize Mars — Russia try to occupy Ukraine! While your rockets successfully land from space — Russian rockets attack Ukrainian civil people! We ask you to provide Ukraine with Starlink stations and to address sane Russians to stand."
  • Musk said in response to Federov, who's also digital transformation minister, "Starlink service is now active in Ukraine. More terminals en route."

What to watch: Users on the ground in Ukraine won't be able to access Starlink's signal without their own special receivers  — the "terminals" Musk referred to in his tweet.

  • Key questions are how many of those Starlink can make available and whether the company can deliver them where they're needed.

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